Deadly Vengeance is my first book by OMJ Ryan but it most certainly will not be my last! Full of twists and turns, it kept me guessing throughout.
Some people can never escape their past.
When the fifteen-year-old daughter of UK munitions dealer, Sir Richard Hawkins vanishes without a trace – the race is on to find her. But Sir Richard and his wife’s worst fears are realised when they receive a video of Hollie, tied to a chair, with a masked man holding a gun to her head.
The ransom demands are simple, pay four million pounds in cash – or they’ll never see their daughter again. DCI Jane Phillips is assigned to the case, and has no idea of who, or what she’s up against. But as the investigation unfolds, it becomes clear Hollie’s kidnapping was the work of a formidable gang – who operate in the shadows and will stop at nothing to get what they want.
As the pressure mounts, can Phillips and the team find Hollie before it’s too late? Or will this investigation signal not only the death of the Major Crimes Unit, but one of her beloved team, as well?
Deadly Vengeance is a real page turner! For me, the first page of a book is crucial as I want to be instantly gripped and this is exactly what Deadly Vengeance does. From the outset, Ryan gets right into the action and you just have to keep reading to find out what happens next. I couldn’t put this book down!
The plot is exciting and there are very strong and likeable characters. I particularly enjoyed that some chapters were told from Hollie’s perspective, so you gained further insight into the whole story and could relate more to her as a character. DCI Phillips and her team felt like a family, it was evident that they knew one another well and there was real chemistry between them, making it an enjoyable read.
I read Deadly Vengeance as a stand alone book however it is the third book in the Detective Jane Phillips series. Some aspects of the story referred to events that had taken place in the previous books, but overall it was easy to read as a stand alone although I will warn you that, like me, you will most definitely be adding the previous two to your ‘To Be Read’ list.
The only part of the story that I felt let it down slightly was the amount of characters we are introduced to, some of whom we are only introduced to very briefly. This made it quite difficult to follow, particularly when one of the kidnappers is revealed as I recognised the name but could not remember who they were and how they had previously slotted into the story. Therefore, I didn’t have that usual ‘gasp’ moment when they were identified.
Ryan concludes the story well without answering all of my questions, an aspect of the book I found both frustrating and refreshing but most of all it left me excited to read the next instalment.
OMJ Ryan is an author I am going to be following very closely and I will most certainly be reading the previous two books in the series. A great book that I would highly recommend!
About the Author
Hailing from Yorkshire, OMJ Ryan worked in radio and entertainment for over twenty years, collaborating with household names and accumulating a host of international writing and radio awards. In 2018 he followed his passion to become a full-time novelist, writing stories for people who devour exciting, fast-paced thrillers by the pool, on their commute – or those rare moments of downtime before bed. Owen’s mission is to entertain from the first page to the last.
Deadly Vengeance is the third Detective Jane Phillips book in the series and OMJ’s fourth book with Inkubator Books.
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Published in digital format by Inkubator Books on 19th July 2020